24th Annual MLK Leadership Award
Tobie Weiner directs a course on "Community Service -- Experience and Reflection" and has placed numerous MIT students with community organizations. She has coordinated a freshman seminar entitled "The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond: What Can We Learn from the '50s and '60s to Fight Racism Today?" She also conducts seminars on "Conversations You Can't Have on Campus: Serious (But Fun) Discussions About Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexual Identity," which may be offered by living groups on and off-campus during the spring semester.
"It has been a great experience for me and has brought together a number of diverse students for open discussion on these difficult issues," she said.
Ms. Weiner helped organize an open forum on the responsibility intellectuals have to inner-city residents, a screening of a documentary film on Malcolm X entitled "Make It Plain," an open discussion of the O.J. Simpson verdict on the day it was announced, an annual IAP course dedicated to social justice themes and a yearly student forum on interracial dating.
In his letter nominating her, Assistant Professor Daniel Kryder of political science wrote: "Tobie Weiner lives and shares and regenerates [Dr. King's] optimistic belief in the cause of a just society."
Tobie Weiner began teaching the popular MLK Design Seminar (17.922) in January 1999. Since then, MIT and Wellesley students have worked together to create artistic and political installations that have been placed in MIT's Lobby 7 and Lobby 10 to coincide with the university's celebration of Dr. King. Past years' projects have included work with children and adults in the Cambridge Community Centers, original songs and performances, benefits for charities, various features in The Tech (MIT's oldest and largest newspaper) and other publications, and special projects